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By Pitcha Gunteethong • July 1, 2021

Google Workspace Features Update: Jun 2021

Google Workspace (formerly G Suite)

Features Update Summary - June 2021

 

The summary of essential information about new features and improvements for Google Workspace customers in June 2021.

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Product: Calendar

Important changes to how the Google Calendar API manages and limits queries

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins only

There has been a change to how the Google Calendar API manages usage. Previously, Calendar API queries were monitored and limited daily. These queries are now monitored and limited on a per-minute basis. Read more.


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Product: Chat

Evolving Rooms in Google Chat to Spaces to create a richer, more collaborative experience

Edition: Available to Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus, Nonprofits

Who’s impacted: All end users

Today, we’re announcing new forthcoming innovations in Google Chat to help teams do their best work in the hybrid work world, as many of us begin a return to the office. In addition, we will also introduce a more streamlined and flexible user interface that helps people and groups more easily stay organized and balance focus and multitasking. Later this year, we’ll evolve the Rooms experience in Google Chat to Spaces, a dedicated place to organize people, topics, and projects in Google Workspace. Read more.


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Product: Chat

Improved search in Google Chat on mobile

Filter using different search chips in Chat

Filters will be visible below chat search bar

 Use the ‘Said in’ filter to narrow down to the conversations that matter

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: All end users

You can now search Google Chat content faster by quickly editing down your search results using interactive filters on mobile. These filters help you find artifacts like files and links more easily. These features are available now on Android. They will be available on iOS and Web by the end of July 2021. Read more.


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Product: Cloud Search

Enable audit logs for Google Cloud Search

Edition: Available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus and Google Cloud Search customers

Who’s impacted: Admins only

You can now enable audit logging for Google Cloud Search APIs for improved tracking of usage data. With deeper tracking, it's now possible to build richer analytics on top of Cloud Search usage to make data-driven decisions and improve your user’s search experience. Read more.


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Product: Drive

Customize the color of your folders and shortcuts to folders in Google Drive

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: End-users and developers

You can now customize the color of folders in shared drives, and shortcuts to folders. Previously, it was only possible to customize the color of folders in My Drive. Read more.


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Product: Drive

Enhanced content classification and DLP with Drive labels beta

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins and end-users

We’re expanding betas for two related features which can help categorize content and enhance content protection at scale. Specifically, we’re adding:

  • Drive labels
  • Automated classification and Drive data loss prevention (DLP) integration.
  • Read more.

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Product: Drive

Get more control over how files can be shared with trust rules for Google Drive beta

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins and end-users

Because sharing ideas and information is at the heart of trusted collaboration, it’s critical that you have the ability to powerfully and precisely manage your files. That’s why we’re introducing a beta for trust rules for Google Drive. Trust rules is a new security feature that allows admins to set fine-grained rules defining whom their users can collaborate within Drive, both within and outside of their organization. Read more.


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Product: Editors

New ways to discover and navigate comments in Google Sheets

Take action directly in the sidebar when tasks are complete, or conversations have been resolved.

Use the new navigator to progress through comments in the spreadsheet.

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: All end-users

Now in Google Sheets, you can: 

  • Review comments and conversation threads in a sidebar. 
  • Apply filters to find the most relevant comments for getting your work done when a document is highly collaborative. 
  • Page through comment threads in a document in the comment overlay. 
  • Read more.

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Product: Editors

Update to Sheets API v4 migration timeline

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins and developers

In 2019, we announced the retirement of the Sheets v3 API.  All components of the Sheets v3 API will be turned down on June 8, 2021. Read more.


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Product: Google Workspace

Changes to Google Workspace storage policies starting June 1, 2021

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins and end-users

Starting June 1, 2021, any new photos or videos uploaded to Google Photos or Google Drive in High quality will count toward the storage limits for users in your domain. Currently, only photos and videos uploaded in Original quality count toward storage quotas. Please note that any photos or videos uploaded in High quality prior to June 1, 2021, will not be impacted by this change and will not count toward storage limits. Read more.


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Product: Google Workspace Marketplace

View domain approved Google Workspace Add-ons in the Google Workspace Marketplace

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins and end-users

We’re adding an “Approved for You” section to the Google Workspace Marketplace where users can quickly see and install applications that have been approved and allow listed by their admins. We hope this improvement makes it easier for users to find and install add-ons approved by their admin. Read more.


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Product: Meet

Replace your background with a video in Google Meet

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins and end-users

In addition to replacing your Google Meet background with a static image, you can now replace your background with a video. At the moment, you can select from three Google made videos: a classroom, a party, and a forest — more options will be available soon. Read more.


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Product: Meet

Replace your background with a video in Google Meet, now on Android

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: All end-users

You can now blur or replace your background with an image in Google Meet on Android. You can choose from Google’s hand-picked images, which include office spaces, landscapes, and abstract backgrounds. Support for uploading your own image on Android and support for iOS will be coming soon; we’ll announce on the Google Workspace Updates blog when they become available. This feature was already available on the web. Read more.


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Product: Meet

Background noise reduction in Google Meet now available to more users and turning on by default

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: All end-users

To help limit distractions in your video call, Google Meet can remove background noises such as typing, closing a door, or the sounds of a nearby construction site. Last year, we made noise cancellation available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus and Education Plus customers, now, we’re making two additional updates to the feature’s availability:

  • Adding availability for more users in other Google Workspace Editions
  • Starting August 9, 2021, it'll be turned on by default for Enterprise Plus users
  • Read more.

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Product: Meet

New admin setting for who can join Google Meet calls in your domain, and which calls people in your domain can join

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins and end-users

We’re adding new settings in the Admin console which allow admins to control who can join Google Meet calls in their domain, and which calls people in their domain can join. Read more.


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Product: Meet

TLS support for Google Meet

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins only

We’re adding a new network option to help you ensure higher quality video meetings with Google Meet. Now, in addition to the range of official, fixed IP addresses in Google Workspace domains and non-Google Workspace users, Google Meet supports TLS over port 443. Read more.


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Product: Meet

Improvements to Hand Raise in Google Meet, including automatic hand lowering, better notifications, and more

The new and improved visual icon and animation when someone raises their hand

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: All end-users

We’re improving the hand raise feature in Meet so that it is easier to notice and address raised hands. Read more.


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Product: Security

Stronger data security and privacy with Google Workspace Client-side encryption beta

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: Admins only

Today we announced the beta for Google Workspace Client-side encryption, which is available to Google Workspace Enterprise Plus and Google Workspace Education Plus customers. The beta will be available for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides, with support for all file types in Drive including Office files, PDFs, and more. Read more.


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Product: Site

Use the Classic Sites Manager to download archived backups and control editing of sites in bulk

Edition: All

Who’s impacted: All end-users

To help Admins and end-users manage the transition to new Sites, we introduced the Classic Sites Manager in 2020. In May 2021, we added the ability to bulk delete, restore, and update the ownership of sites. Today, we’re adding additional new features to the Classic Sites Manager for Admins:

  • Bulk download an archive of a selection of sites via Takeout,
  • Bulk disable and/or re-enable the ability for users to edit a selection of sites.
  • Read more.


Source: https://workspaceupdates.googleblog.com